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Ethnic-racial differences in psychological stress related to gay lifestyle among HIV-positive men.

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psychology, Stress, Psychological, Psychometrics, Male, Life Style, Humans, Homosexuality, Male, HIV Seropositivity, Ethnic Groups, Continental Population Groups, Age Factors, Adult, Adaptation, Psychological

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      To examine whether there were any ethnic-racial differences among 144 HIV-infected gay men (47 Caucasian, 48 African-American, and 49 Puerto Rican) on psychological stressors related to the gay lifestyle, responses to the Gay Lifestyle Hassles scale were analyzed. The African-American and Puerto Rican men reported significantly higher scores on frequency of Gay lifestyle Hassles and cumulated severity of Gay Lifestyle Hassles over-all than Caucasian men. The results suggest that HIV-infected ethnic-minority gay men were more prone to psychological stress related to the gay lifestyle than HIV-infected Caucasian gay men, which may have negative consequences for their mental and physical health.

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